May 29, 2023

Trail Blazers Could Hold Bidding War For Third Pick

Outside of the San Antonio Spurs, who landed the top overall pick, the Portland Trail Blazers arguably had the most luck at the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery. Portland moved up from the fifth pick to the third pick.

That spot at three has the Blazers positioned to hold a bidding war for the third overall pick. Portland is looking to build an immediate winner around Damian Lillard. That has Trail Blazers GM Joe Cronin at least open to taking offers for the third pick.

“We’re a team that’s trying to win and trying to maximize Damian’s timeline. This was an important night for us,” Cronin told Yahoo Sports. “Front offices around the league think highly of this draft, so you would think that a lot of teams that were sitting (on stage) tonight will be getting a lot of calls from teams trying to move up and maneuver.”

The Charlotte Hornets, who got the second pick in the lottery, aren’t considered a great fit for Scoot Henderson, who most consider to be the second-best player in the draft behind Victor Wembanyama. ESPN has Charlotte selecting Alabama forward Brandon Miller with the #2 pick. If that happens, Portland could see trade offers pour in from teams looking to move up to pick Henderson.

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